Plants Poisonous to Cats

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Many of us love to decorate our homes with lush, green plants, and if you are like me, you prefer the live variety to silk or plastic. The downside to living plants, however, is that many of them are toxic to cats in one degree or another. Cats love to chew plants, so if you have any on this list, it's best to display them in a way that keeps them (and your cats) out of harm's way.

The following is a partial list of plants that are poisonous or hazardous to your cats, including some popular holiday plants.

If You Think Your Cat Has Been Poisoned

Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at one of the numbers below
1-900-443-0000 ($45.00 per case. The charge is billed directly to caller's phone.)
1-888-426-4435. $45.00 per case, credit card only.)
Follow-up calls can be made for no additional charge by dialing 888-299-2973.

Indoor Plants

Plant Common Name Effects/Symptoms
Amaryllis Stomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea)
Azalea Incoordination, trembling, collapse
Cactus Punctures skin, infection
Caladium Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head, difficulty breathing
Creeping Charlie Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps
Easter Lily All parts can cause kidney failure
Dieffenbachia Affects the central nervous system
Ivy Vomiting, diarrhea, excitable behavior
Mistletoe Ingesting berries can cause vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth, difficulty breathing
Philodendron Same as Caladium
Poinsettia Same as Mistletoe
If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.